OHL Writers Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October

Ryan Abraham of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Natalie Shaver/OHL Images

Because COVID cancelled the entire 2020-2021 season meaning a large number of Ontario Hockey League players were about to go into the 2022 National Hockey League Entry Draft as draft re-entries, we did things a little differently here at OHL Writers.

In years past, we always name our Draft Eligible Player of the Month. But because of the sheer number of players eligible last season, we decided that would name a draft eligible forward, defencemen and goaltender. Many of you had written to us to let us know you preferred it that way and asking us to keep it the same going forward. So, here we are doing just that!

Of course, this is the first full month of the season, so this is our first list of the season. Here we go:

Draft Eligible Forward of the Month: Ryan Abraham – Windsor Spitfires

Windsor Spitfires center Ryan Abraham is a draft re-entry who had a phenomenal month of October. His 18 points in 12 games (6 goals, 12 helpers) led all draft eligible players and third best in the OHL. The 5’8”, 168-pound pivot had 6 multi point games, including 5-consecutive to close out the month. His 58.2% in the faceoff circle was second among draft eligible players.

Also considered was Saginaw Spirit forward Calem Mongone. Through 13 games, Mongone has 4 goals and 12 assists. His 16 points ranks him third among Spirit players in scoring and second among draft eligible players.

Draft Eligible Defenceman of the Month: Hunter Brzustewicz – Kitchener Rangers

On defence we chose none other than Hunter Brzustewicz of the Kitchener Rangers. Despite not scoring a goal, his prowess with setting up his teammates set him apart with 13 points (all assists of course) in just 11 games. That’s tops for draft eligible defencemen and third in the entire league among all defencemen. The 6-foot 188-pound blueliner is second in scoring on his squad as well.

Also considered was Chas Sharpe of the Mississauga Steelheads. Sharpe had 2 goals and 9 assists in 12 games in October and trails only Brzustewicz in points among draft eligible defencemen.

Draft Eligible Goaltender of the Month: Collin MacKenzie – Ottawa 67’s

This was not an easy choice, but we chose Collin MacKenzie because he has a perfect 4-0-0 record and led all draft eligible goaltenders with a 1.36 goals-against-average and .942 save percentage. I will agree playing on an Ottawa team that looks unbeatable for now has helped in terms of number of pucks he has faced and the quality of shots, he has also looked the part.

Also considered was Mason Vaccari of the Kingston Frontenacs who posted a 3-0-0 record to go along with a 2.00 goals-against-average and .935 save percentage.


OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders: October 2022

Ryan Abraham of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Natalie Shaver/OHL Images

The 2022-2023 Ontario Hockey League has completed its first full month of the season and once again we are here to track the players eligible for the 2023 National Hockey League Entry Draft and where they rank statistically.

This season we are once again tracking players eligible for the draft for the first time as well as those re-entering the draft for their second draft. Those in their third draft are not tracked so players with a birthdate on or before September 15, 2003 are not listed.  

We do are best to track the players but please, always refer to the OHL website for official stats.

Points Leaders
Ryan AbrahamWindsor Spitfires1261218
Calem MangoneSaginaw Spirit1341216
Luca PinnelliOttawa 67’s116915
Colby BarlowOwen Sound Attack107714
Aidan CastleNiagara Ice Dogs127613
Pano FimisNiagara Ice Dogs106713
Linus HemstromKingston Frontenacs125813
Joey WillisSaginaw Spirit125813
Hunter BrzustewiczKitchener Rangers1101313
Zakary LavoieMississauga Steelheads128412
Goal Scoring Leaders
Zakary LavoieMississauga Steelheads1280.67
Colby BarlowOwen Sound Attack1070.70
Aidan CastleNiagara Ice Dogs1270.58
Brady StonehouseOttawa 67’s1170.64
Angus MacDonellSarnia Sting1270.58
Ryan AbrahamWindsor Spitfires1260.50
Luca PinnelliOttawa 67’s1160.55
Pano FimisNiagara Ice Dogs1060.60
Calum RitchieOshawa Generals1260.50
Nick LardisPeterborough Petes1260.50
Assist Leaders
Hunter BrzustewiczKitchener Rangers11131.18
Ryan AbrahamWindsor Spitfires12121.00
Calem MangoneSaginaw Spirit13120.92
Luca PinnelliOttawa 67’s1190.82
Chas SharpeMississauga Steelheads1290.75
Denver BarkeyLondon Knights1180.73
Nicholas DeAngelisWindsor Spitfires1280.67
Linus HemstromKingston Frontenacs1280.67
Joey WillisSaginaw Spirit1380.62
Beau AkeyBarrie Colts1070.70
Defencemen Point Leaders
Hunter BrzustewiczKitchener Rangers1101313
Chas SharpeMississauga Steelheads122911
Beau AkeyBarrie Colts10279
Nicholas DeAngelisWindsor Spitfires12189
Spencer SovaErie Otters13448
Lucas MooreHamilton Bulldogs10077
Andrew GibsonSoo Greyhounds12246
Rodwin DionicioNiagara Ice Dogs8325
Plus/Minus Leaders
Nicholas DeAngelisWindsor Spitfires12+12
Luca D’AmatoFlint Firebirds13+11
Colby BarlowOwen Sound Attack10+10
Luca PinnelliOttawa 67’s11+8
Zakary LavoieMississauga Steelheads12+8
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Connor ClattenburgSoo Greyhounds10292.90
Angus MacDonellSarnia Sting12282.33
Djibril ToureSudbury Wolves9232.56
Cam AllenGuelph Storm13231.77
Jackson StewartKingston Frontenacs7223.14
Faceoff Leaders  (Min 100 faceoffs)
Denver BarkeyLondon Knights111106962.7
Ryan AbrahamWindsor Spitfires1219411358.2
Ethan LarmandSudbury Wolves111638854.0
Calum RitchieOshawa Generals121678953.3
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
Colin MacKenzieOttawa 67’s422051.36
Mason VaccariKingston Frontenacs318062.00
Liam SztuskaPeterborough Petes212042.00
Nolan LalondeErie Otters424392.22
Alessio BeglieriMississauga Steelheads9548252.74
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Colin MacKenzieOttawa 67’s486810.942
Mason VaccariKingston Frontenacs393870.935
Liam SztuskaPeterborough Petes252480.923
Nolan LalondeErie Otters41131040.920
Joey CostanzoWindsor Spitfires4102930.912


Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 47 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2023 NHL Draft scheduled to take place June 28-29 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Forwards Colby Barlow of the Owen Sound Attack and Calum Ritchie of the Oshawa Generals join defenceman Cam Allen of the Guelph Storm in receiving ‘A’ ratings, indicating a potential first round selection.

An additional 11 players were assigned ‘B’ ratings indicating a potential second or third round selection while 33, including four goaltenders, received ‘C’ designations indicating a potential fourth, fifth or sixth round candidate.

Eighteen OHL member teams are represented on the list led by the Flint Firebirds, Kingston Frontenacs, Kitchener Rangers and Sudbury Wolves, each with four players included. The Guelph Storm, London Knights, North Bay Battalion, Ottawa 67’s, Peterborough Petes, Saginaw Spirit and Windsor Spitfires trail with three players respectively.

The list includes 25 OHL forwards, 18 defencemen and four goaltenders.

2023 NHL Central Scouting October Players to Watch List – OHL

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating – Indicates a first round candidate
• B Rating – Indicates a second or third round candidate
• C Rating – Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

ACam AllenDGuelph Storm
AColby BarlowLWOwen Sound Attack
ACalum RitchieCOshawa Generals
BBeau AkeyDBarrie Colts
BOliver BonkDLondon Knights
BHunter BrzustewiczDKitchener Rangers
BAndrew GibsonDSoo Greyhounds
BNick LardisLWPeterborough Petes
BEthan MiedemaLWWindsor Spitfires
BQuentin MustyLWSudbury Wolves
BLuca PinelliLWOttawa 67’s
BCoulson PitreRWFlint Firebirds
BCarson RehkopfLWKitchener Rangers
BCarey TerranceCErie Otters
CMatthew AndonovskiDKitchener Rangers
CDenver BarkeyCLondon Knights
CTristan BertucciDFlint Firebirds
CCole BrownRWHamilton Bulldogs
CQuinton BurnsDKingston Frontenacs
CEaston CowanRWLondon Knights
CAlexis DaviaultDSarnia Sting
CP.J. ForgioneDSaginaw Spirit
CBrad GardinerCOttawa 67’s
CEthan HayCFlint Firebirds
CLinus HemstromRWKingston Frontenacs
CAngus MacDonellCSarnia Sting
CMatthew ManiaDSudbury Wolves
CMatthew MayichDOttawa 67’s
CDonovan McCoyDPeterborough Petes
CLuke McNamaraCSaginaw Spirit
CMarco MignosaRWSoo Greyhounds
CNiko MinkkinenDGuelph Storm
COwen OutwaterLWKingston Frontenacs
CAlex PharandCSudbury Wolves
CMichael PodolioukhCNorth Bay Battalion
CBronson RideDWindsor Spitfires
CNic SimaRWNorth Bay Battalion
CBlake SmithDOshawa Generals
CKonnor SmithDPeterborough Petes
CMatthew SotoRWKingston Frontenacs
CDjibril ToureDSudbury Wolves
CJoey WillisLWSaginaw Spirit
CValentin ZhuginLWGuelph Storm
CJoey CostanzoGWindsor Spitfires
CNathan DayGFlint Firebirds
CJackson ParsonsGKitchener Rangers
CCharlie RobertsonGNorth Bay Battalion

For the complete list, visit NHL.com.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL’s Draft Eligible Players 2022 – 2023

The 2022-2023 Ontario Hockey League season is upon us and we look forward to bringing you coverage of those players eligible for the 2023 National Hockey League Draft.

Below you will see players eligible by team as listed by them on their opening week roster. Not only do we show first time draft eligible players but also those re-entering the draft for the first time after being passed over this year. Those players are shown with an asterisk (*) under the R/E column.

8Grayson TillerD02-20-05
9Zach WigleC01-12-04*
12Ben PickellC07-20-05
22Cooper MatthewsRW02-11-04*
30Anson ThorntonG02-21-05
53Beau JelsmaC04-28-04*
81Chris GrisoliaC04-30-05
86Beau AkeyD02-11-05
92Roenick JodoinC09-10-04*
5Nathan SauderD02-01-05
6Taeo ArtichukC02-15-05
7Owain JohnstonD10-19-03*
10Carey TerranceC05-10-05
14George AlboimD03-15-05
20Kaleb SmithC05-14-04*
21Alex MessierLW03-23-05
22Spencer SovaD01-10-04*
23Lucas SignorettiLW03-30-04
33Sam AlfanoRW01-18-04*
79Nolan LalondeG02-14-04*
86Cameron LoweC03-04-04*
92Bruce McDonaldLW12-18-04
3Luca D’AmatoD08-18-04*
11Coulson PitreRW12-13-04
12Tristan BertucciD07-12-05
16Alex BradshawLW03-16-04*
28Samuel AssinewaiLW04-16-04*
31Nathaniel DayG02-04-05
61Simon SlavicekC02-02-04*
68Ethan HayC01-15-05
71James PetrovskiD08-12-05
88Boe PiroskiG03-04-04
90Ty PetrouC05-10-04*
91Owen PittersC08-28-05
1Jacob OsterG03-26-04*
9Chase CoughlanRW06-17-05
11Cam AllenD01-07-05
16Gavin GrunderLW05-12-04*
20Ryan McGuireC02-29-04*
25Niko MinkkinenD11-10-04
27Valentin ZhuginLW12-13-04
4Lucas MooreD06-07-05
5Noah Van VlietD02-18-04*
11Noah NelsonC03-28-05
12Noah VandenBrinkRW01-06-05
29Tristan MalboeufG03-21-04*
42Braeden O’KeefeC06-08-05
43Florian XhekajLW06-27-04*
74Adrian RebeloLW06-22-04*
92Cole BrownRW04-27-05
93Patrick ThomasC08-21-04*
1Mason VaccariG04-29-05
2Jackson StewartLW06-18-04*
9Gage HeyesRW04-21-04*
11Maleek McGowanD06-13-05
17Owen OutwaterLW01-04-05
23Duncan SchneiderD07-05-05
24Thomas BudnickD02-14-04*
26Mitchell BrooksC03-23-05
28Nathan PooleC07-28-04*
37Adam CavallinC04-03-05
41Quinton BurnsD04-14-05
90Linus HemstromRW01-16-04*
92Matthew SotoRW08-31-05
4Hunter BrzustewiczD11-29-04
5Matthew AndonovskiD03-14-05
10Adrian MisaljevicLW07-10-04*
13Adam ZidlickyC01-28-05
14Cameron MercerC05-27-05
16Carson RehkopfC01-07-05
23Kyle MoreyC06-27-05
44Antonino PuglieseRW04-09-04*
57Trent SwickLW04-25-04*
7Easton CowanC05-20-05
15Abakar KazbekovC05-30-04*
29Brody CraneLW05-29-04*
31Zach BowenG04-25-05
37Kaeden JohnstonRW02-03-05
43Nicholas YearwoodLW07-15-04*
57Matthew ParisC01-01-05
59Oliver BonkD01-09-05
70Ruslan GazizovLW01-21-04*
86Denver BarkeyC04-07-05
7Finn HardingD03-02-05
9Brice CookeLW03-23-04*
13Dylan GordonD08-13-04*
16Ryan StruthersC01-02-04*
27Zakary LavoieRW03-13-04*
28Chas SharpeD11-28-03*
29Alessio BeglieriG01-05-04*
74Zander VecciaRW07-27-04*
83Quinn BinnieRW04-29-04*
91Valdemar William HullLW01-02-05
Andrew LeBlancC06-03-04*
Jacob LeBlancD06-03-04*
13Ryan VannettenD03-30-04*
19Pano FimisC06-17-04*
24Declan WaddickC01-24-05
29Alec LeonardD05-13-04*
35Owen FloresG05-09-04*
47Juan CopelandLW09-03-05
57Evan KleinLW01-12-04*
75Andrew WyciskD07-01-05
94Rodwin DionocioD03-30-04*
90Aidan CastleRW01-08-04*
2Wyatt KennedyD05-27-05
5Tnias MathurinD01-15-04*
10Michael PodolioukhC11-28-04
14Dalyn WakelyC03-05-04*
15Anthony RomaniC07-12-05
16Owen Van SteenselLW08-04-04*
23Brett BouchardRW01-18-05
25Chase MacQueen-SpenceLW01-09-05
28Alexander LukinD03-27-04*
29Nic SimaRW03-31-05
32Charlie RobertsonG04-02-05
5Blake SmithD2010-05-04
8Ty PetrouC05-10-04*
10Jordyn ErtelC05-16-05
11Matthew BuckleyRW03-21-05
15Ryan O’DellD02-14-04*
17Luke TorranceLW03-30-04*
21Calum RitchieC01-21-05
23Kimo GruberRW04-11-05
24Andrew WhittonRW10-25-03*
25Dylan RoobroeckLW07-27-04*
31Carter BickleG05-27-04*
2Derek SmythD04-17-04*
6Thomas SirmanD03-05-04*
9Chris BarlasC01-10-05
17Brady StonehouseRW08-06-04*
18Jack DeverRW09-05-05
20Luca PinelliLW04-05-05
21Ethan QuickRW01-27-05
22Matthew MayichD12-21-04
23Will GerriorLW03-02-04*
25Brad GardinerC03-06-05
26Gavin EwlesD03-01-05
29Cooper FosterC06-04-05
33Collin MacKenzieG11-30-04
3Teddy SawyerD12-12-03*
5Madden SteenD05-18-04*
13Gavin BryantC04-21-04*
16Tomislav BrennanC03-15-05
17Lorenzo BonaiutoLW04-20-04*
19Julian FantinoRW02-05-04*
22Cal UensD02-11-05
24Taos JordanD03-29-04*
34Thomas ChafeRW04-19-05
39Colby BarlowLW02-14-05
30Corbin VotaryG04-12-04*
3Stevie LeskovarD09-09-04*
5Quinton PageLW08-03-05
6Konnor SmithD11-06-04
11Justin DeZoeteRW01-02-04*
16Nick LardisRW07-08-05
17Zack LewisRW01-25-05
19Donovan McCoyD11-10-04
20Tommy PurdellerC04-13-04*
23Jonathan MeleeC01-15-04*
25Chase LefebvreC05-13-04*
27James GuoD05-02-02
1Liam SztuskaG05-01-04*
6Brayden HislopD9-26-03*
7Calem MongoneRW11-05-04
9Matthew JovanovicD09-22-04
11Olivier SavardD01-14-05
14Joey WillisC03-14-05
15Sebastien GervaisLW04-11-05
27PJ ForgioneD11-12-04
90Luke McNamaraC03-02-05
92Carson ChristyRW10-15-04
29Andrew OkeG03-26-04*
41Brett FullertonG06-25-04*
2Joshua HooverD02-15-04*
6Owen MacDonaldD08-28-04*
10Ben LalkinLW02-07-05
11Zach FilakC01-21-04*
12Easton WainwrightC01-19-05
17Alexis DaviaultD06-17-05
19Angus MacDonellC05-11-05
24Austin HarperRW02-04-04*
25Tyson DoucetterLW01-30-04*
77Ryder McIntyreRW07-15-04*
81Max NamestnikovC02-06-04*
30Dylan GroverG06-27-04*
31Nicholas SurzyciaG12-17-04
6Andrew GibsonD02-13-05
7Caeden CarlisleD01-31-04*
9Harrison BallardC04-16-04*
11Ethan MontroyLW08-30-05
12Daylen MosesC06-13-05
14Owen AllardC01-13-04*
16Landen HookeyRW01-29-04*
20Connor TomsD03-13-04*
21Dustin GoodRW01-01-05
23Connor ClattenburgLW05-02-05
24Justin CloutierLW06-20-05
26Marco MignosaRW04-13-05
39Caleb Van De VenD11-24-04
31Charlie SchenkelG08-16-04*
5Will BishopD03-17-05
9Alex AssadourianC07-24-05
13Kocha DelicC03-11-04*
21Alex PharandRW01-05-05
23Devin MauroLW06-06-04*
27Quentin MustyLW07-06-05
44Michael DerbidgeLW04-04-05
45Ethan LarmandC11-12-03*
91Evan KonyenRW02-22-04*
93Matthew ManiaD01-11-05
30Nate KrawchukG07-04-05
11Noah MorneauC05-07-04*
12Ryan AbrahamC04-05-04*
19Ethan MiedemaLW03-22-05
22Nicholas DeAngelisD05-22-04*
24Bronson RideD01-14-05
61Colton SmithLW02-09-04*
72Ethan MartinC03-25-05
82Tomas HebekD02-12-04*
98Christopher O’FlahertyLW03-12-05
33Joey CostanzoG07-26-05